Uncomfortable with performance

Fonterra is weathering "extreme and unprecedented" price volatility, John Wilson  says.

12:53 PM  Fonterra chairman faces up to grumpy shareholders.

Yashili's $212m plant delayed

Yashili managing director William Zhao.

1:37 PM  Company building $212m infant milk formula factory says progress is on hold as it waits for approval from regulators.

Pork under pressure

Group-housed younger pigs.

Pork lovers take note - the chances of being able to eat New Zealand-farmed pork are diminishing.

Penguins part of farm life

A yellow-eyed penguin.

In the Roaring Forties there is a man farming penguins as well as sheep and beef.

Bank talks 'crucial'

Dairy NZ chief executive Tim Mackle.

Average dairy farmer predicted to need a deeper overdraft as they face negative cashflows from winter through to Christmas.

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opinion

Kernels of truth in the chaff

The Earth from the space station. It is unlikely that the science asserting the Earth is a sphere will be contradicted.

Science is open and self-correcting, unlike the 'isms' based on faith or dogma.

Opinions welcomed at Fed Farmers

OPINION: Federated Farmers' flourishes when members have shown passion for a topic and offered to roll up their sleeves.

GMP not the answer for combating low payout

The longevity of Country Calendar?

Fieldays

Breaking new ground video

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

Laugh until the cows come home

Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

People pack into the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

dairy

Yashili's $212m plant delayed

Yashili managing director William Zhao.

1:37 PM  The $212 million infant milk formula factory says progress is on hold as it waits for approval from regulators.

Divers win Otago Ballance Awards

Table Hill farmer Dave and Janene Divers have won the supreme award in the 2015 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Fonterra is weathering "extreme and unprecedented" price volatility, John Wilson  says.

Chairman not comfortable with Fonterra's performance

12:53 PM  Fonterra chairman faces up to grumpy shareholders.

advice

Seasonal safety in sights

With the change of season come increased safety risks for farmers, say government and industry prepresentatives.

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Is it time to move on from Gypsy Day?

For many in the dairy industry June 1 means one thing - time to move.

AgResearch scientist Trevor James with a sample of yellow bristle grass.

Invasive weed spreads

Warm temperatures this summer have contributed to the spread of an invasive weed throughout Taranaki.

aquaculture

Fish and chips may be at risk

Fish and Chips

Could the "fish" in fish and chips soon be off the menu thanks to global warming?

No arguing in this seafood spat

The top of the south's scientific and aquaculture expertise was praised at the opening of NZ''s first greenshell mussel hatchery.

The Sanford mussel processing facility in Havelock.

Hours cut at Havelock mussel plant

The night shift at a Havelock mussel factory has been cut due to diminished mussel crops.

beef

Where the best bulls come from

Mid Canterbury hereford breeder David Morrow of Okawa Stud.

The best bulls come from studs who farm commercially, the man behind Okawa Herefords tells Tony Benny.

Beef and veal exports hit record

Soaring beef and veal export returns push up prices for shoppers in NZ.

A photo of thin cattle being transported on a Cook Strait ferry in March.

Thin cattle not suffering - MPI

Investigation into thin cattle on a Cook Strait ferry reveals no evidence of animal harm.

Sheep

Environmentally sound

John and Jean Ellison, sheep and dairy farmers of Norsewood.

Commitment to fencing waterways and planting trees has been part of one Norsewood farmer’s programme for many years.

Dairy and sheep farm impresses

Southland sheep and dairy farm wins Southland Ballance award.

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Nitrogen to spark parched paddocks

North Canterbury dryland sheep and beef farmers are being urged to apply nitrogen to their drought-stricken grass pastures now, to kick-start growth before winter.

cropping

Moet maker on why NZ has it good video

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Bottles of Moet champagne are seen at the bar on day one of the three day Grand National meeting at Aintree racecourse on April 09, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

And on why you should probably not cellar your Champagne.

Growing kiwifruit the Italian way

The Mafia is just one of the hazards that Zespri's European supply manager Callum Kay has to be aware of.

Anthony and Angela pick a selection for their local farmers’ market.

Demand for heirloom tomatoes growing

An Auckland couple eschews commercial tomato growing for an heirloom harvest and an artisan lifestyle.

agribusiness

Pork industry under siege

Group-housed younger pigs.

Pork lovers take note - the chances of being able to eat New Zealand-farmed pork are diminishing.

LIC partners with Lely Group

The Livestock Improvement Corporation has added another partnership to its list this year as its pushes ahead with its growth strategy.

Alliance Meat chairman and North Canterbury farmer Murray Taggart.

Alliance man's life in a goldfish bowl

Alliance chairman Murray Taggart talks banking, farming and life in a goldfish bowl.

Discovery

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain.

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

Better deer health can lift profits

Big savings are ahead for deer farmers who introduce customised animal health plans.

Lincoln University
Biology Husbandry Unit Future Farming Centre scientist Dr Charles Merfield.

Non-chemical pest control promising

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results.

rural women

Kahlia gets the job done

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Thriving in the best of both worlds

Fonterra Shareholders Councillor Sandra Cordell reveals why she is passionate about the role and the industry.

Horse riding introduced Nicky Hutchinson to show competing and now she is the first female president of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Video

Disney stock rises on Star Wars trailer

Analysts are picking that the new Star Wars movie will tuck in behind Avatar and Titanic - the top two box office movies in history.

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